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I am always anxious to not only hear about the success of grads of our training centers, but also about horses with other South Carolina ties. Super Marina, winner of the Wild Applause Stakes at Belmont, was bred by SCTOBA Board member Wilhelmina McEwan and her brother, Fred. She was sold as a yearling at Keeneland.
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The list of winning graduates of South Carolina training centers between June 21 and July 20 was phenomenal highlighted by 13 stakes winners.
On June 24,
Maritime Pulpit recorded his third win in a row capturing the Turning for Home H. at PARX. A graduate of Travis Durr's Webb Carroll Training Center,
Maritime Pulpit quickly took command and showed courage leading throughout winning by a neck.
The two-year-old filly,
Dream It Is, is unbeaten in three races. After spending the winter at Durr and Carroll's Webb Carroll Training Center, she shipped to Woodbine breaking her maiden in her debut and then captured the My Dear Girl S. on June 24. Second early on, she opened up by 4 1/2 lengths at the top of the stretch and was never threatened through the lane.
The hit parade on June 24 continued at Belmont Park as
Super Marina came from the back to prevail by a neck in the Wild Applause S. She was developed under the watchful eyes of Wilhelmina and Fred McEwan at Fenwick Equine.
Street Surrender learned her early lessons at Kip Elser's Kirkwood Stables in Camden, SC, she has found success on the West Coast. On June 25, she quickly assumed the lead in the Southern Truce S. at Santa Anita and never relinquished her advantage crossing the line 1 3/4 lengths in front.
The three-year-old filly version of the New York Stallion Stakes was captured by
Lady Joan. While second for the first half-mile, there were four across the track turning for home.
Lady Joan's determination showed through down the lane hitting the wire 3/4's of a length the best. Donna Freyer broke this filly at her Custom Care Equine facility in Camden.
Even at age 7,
Modern is racking up stakes wins capturing the Lieutenant Governors S. at Hastings Park on July 1. Developed by Tim Jones of the Darley operation in Aiken,
Modern has now recorded 7 stakes wins. In the Lieutenant Governors, he went wire-to-wire finishing 1 1/4 lengths in front.
Go Bro, bred and owned by Aiken resident Gus Schickedanze, proved best in the Grade 2 King Edward S. at Woodbine on July 2. Developed by Mike Keogh in Aiken,
Go Bro was the longest shot on the board. He raced head-to-head with another the final 1/8th and would not be denied winning by a head.
Xerxes Avenue broke her maiden at Canterbury Park on June 18 then came back 16 days later to prove best in the Frances Genter S. over the same surface. Another Webb Carroll Training Center graduate, this filly showed why she was the favorite leading the field from gate to wire winning by a length.
Keen Ice, who defeated American Pharoah in the 2015 Travers GI, returned to the winner's circle in New York on July 8 proving best in the Grade 2 Suburban S. Trailing the field the opening 1/4 mile,
Keen Ice came widest of all wearing down the competition finishing 3 lengths in front.
Keen Ice is a product of Franklin "Goree" Smith's Elloree Training Center.
A day later at Presque Isles Downs in Pennsylvania,
Tom's Ready came to visit and in a hard fought stretch duel, won the Leematt S.
Tom's Ready was the bettor's choice and showed why he deserved the honor finishing a head in front. This colt was developed for his racing career under the watchful eye of Kip Elser at his Kirkwood Stable.
On July 15,
Just Howard made his stakes debut a winning one in the Caveat S. at Laurel Park. Also a graduate of Goree Smith's program in Elloree,
Just Howard was involved in a bumping match inside the 1/8 pole before prevailing by a head.
On the same day,
I'm Betty G also made her stakes debut at Laurel Park and was victorious in the Pearl Necklace S. Winning her second in a row, she also was involved in an intense stretch duel with her nose hitting the wire first. Kip Elser taught her how to be a racehorse at his Kirkwood Stables operation.
Honolulu, a graduate of Cary Frommer's operation in Aiken, came from last to capture the Iowa Stallion Filly S. at Prairie Meadows on July 15. While five wide at the top of the stretch, she swept by the field to win by 2 lengths pulling away from the field.
Bill Simpson Loses Cancer Battle
Bill Simpson, chairman and CEO of the Aiken Training Center lost his lengthy and courageous battle with cancer on July 28. Raised in Aiken, Simpson raced under his Dunbarton Stable banner, named after the neighborhood where he grew up.
Cary Frommer, who trained for the Simpsons, described Bill. "Everybody he met, he looked at with an open mind, and he tried his best to help whenever he could. He wanted to do what was right for his horses and for the people who worked with his horses. I can't say enough good things about him."
Cot Campbell, president of Dogwood Stable, said Bill Simpson "was a brave man and I had great admiration for him. I think for him to take on the Training Track and throw himself into that while he was sick was just the epitome of courage,"
After serving in Vietnam as a combat medic, Simpson graduated from Harvard. He then began his professional career as an executive in the health care industry.
A strong supporter of the Aiken Trials, Simpson's
Friscan competed three years in a row. He also won races with
Stonebrier in 2014.
Donaghy won a race last year.
Bill Simpson has been a significant contributor to the South Carolina horse industry over the years and he will be missed.
Abel Tasman and Stellar Wind Continue Grade I Winning Ways
Multiple Grade I winners
added to their laurels winning Grade I stakes.
developed by Travis Durr and Webb Carroll at the Webb Carroll Traininng Center, won her third straight Grade I stakes in the Coaching Club American Oaks on July 23. Laying sixth for the opening 1/4 mile, in the clubhouse turn,
quickly advanced to take the lead. She teamed up with
in the stretch. Inside the 1/8th pole, they went head to head being side by side in very close quarters.
had her head in front at the wire. There was a claim of foul but the stewards made no change in the order of finish.
After the race, the winning rider Mike Smith said,
"I made it tight but I did not touch him and there's no rules saying you can't make it tight. They make it tight on me everyday. I'm too old for it."
Abel Tasman has six wins along with two seconds in her nine race career.
Stellar Wind, a graduate of Franklin "Goree" Smith's Elloree Training Canter, captured her third straight Grade I stakes on July 30 proving best in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar. Stalking the leader,
Vale Dori, for the opening 3/4's of a mile,
Stellar Wind moved up during the turn for home and the two engaged in a stretch long duel with
Stellar Wind prevailing by a neck.
Stellar Wind has won six Grade I races in her career. Five of these have come in her last six starts.
Paid Up Subscriber brought back memories of
Secretariat in the Grade 3 Shuvee Handicap at Saratoga on July 30. With 3/8's of a mile to go, she looked like she was shot out of a cannon running away to a 32 1/2 length victory!
Paid Up Subscriber also learned her early lessons at the Elloree Training Center.
Webb Carroll Grads Excel at Saratoga
Two two-year-olds who spent last winter at Travis Durr and Webb Carroll's training center in St. Matthew's, SC, came to the forefront in a big way on opening weekend at Saratoga.
Dream It Is
captured the Grade 2 Schuylerville Stakes on opening day July 21 and
was best in the Grade 3 Sanford Stakes on the following day.
Dream It Is is undefeated in three career starts. She broke her maiden and then won an Allowance race at Woodbine in May and June. In the Schuylerville, she was second staying within a length of the lead for the opening 1/2 mile. In midstretch,
Dream It Is took control quickly drawing away and crossing the finish line 9 lengths clear of the field. Travis Durr helped in the selection process when this filly was purchased at Keeneland last September. Exciting times are in the future for this two-year-old daughter of
Shackleford. She is owned by Hoolie Racing Stable.
After breaking his maiden at Monmouth Park in June,
Firenze Fire, a two-year-old son of freshman sire
Poseidon's Warrior, showed a great deal of professionalism in the Sanford Stakes. Unhurried while fourth early on,
Firenze Fire came three wide in the turn fighting off challenges and won by a length. He is now two for two in his young career.
Firenze Fire is ownded by Mr. Amore Stable. Durr commented on
Firenze Fire saying, "He's one of those colts that took a while to come around, and when he did, he just kind of did his job."
Already about ten two-year-old Webb Carroll Training Center grads have won this summer. Older fillis who came up under Durr and Carroll's watchful eye also won stakes July 22 and 23.
Ami'S Mesa annexed Woodbine's Ontario Matron Stakes -GI that Saturday and
Abel Tasman notched another Grade I capturing the Grade I Coaching Club American Oaks that Sunday at Saratoga.
Wes Carter Sales Graduate Shines
Just A Smidge, consigned by Wes Carter at the Timonium Midlantic Two-Year-Old in Training Sale in May, lived up to expectations on July 19 at Del Mar. A $425,000 purchase,
Just A Smidge was a step slow out of the gate before quickly moving up to stalk the pacesetter. She took control at the top of the stretch and powered her way home winning by 1 1/4 lengths.